Cheerleading Middle School
About Middle School Cheerleading
Cheerleading consists of many skills. Cheerleaders are required to lead the spirit and energy the crowd directs towards the football team. We know by studies that players often perform better when they are given positive attention from the people in the stands who are there to support them. Cheerleaders at the middle school level will be taught age appropriate stunts, flexibility skills such as splits and jumps, and tumbling. East Middle School's Cheer Team is open to 6th - 8th Graders. West Middle School's Cheer Team is open to 6th - 8th Graders, space is limited to the first 30 registrants at EMS and WMS.Season Start and End DatesMonday, October 28, 2019 through December 20, 2019Practice & Game SchedulesEast Middle School ScheduleWelcome to the EMS cheerleading program! The EMS cheer program is a high-energy developmental program that focuses on the fundamentals of cheerleading: cheers, stunts, dance, gymnastics, teamwork and spirit! We invite 6th-8th grade girls and boys to come join in the fun! There are no cuts. All experience levels and abilities are welcome. In fact, many of our very best cheerleaders are complete beginners on the first day of practice! We believe that everyone who works hard is a great cheerleader. Because cheer is a program where teammates depend on each other to be their best, we ask that your athlete has great attendance at practice and games in order to ensure a good experience. The EMS cheer program is divided into 3 seasons - football, basketball and competitive. You may participate in only one or two seasons; many athletes opt to participate in only one or two seasons. However, in order to be eligible to join the competitive team, you must participate in either football or basketball season. Registration for the winter program is for basketball only - through December. There will be another sign up for later seasons. The EMS cheer program is co-coached by Dorothy Switzer and Michelle Steffen. Dorothy is a Central High School graduate and alumni of the prestigious Alma College cheer team. She is excited to begin her first year with the EMS program. Michelle holds a minor in physical education from Hillsdale College where she was a member of the cheerleading team. Michelle enters her 4th year and 10th season with the EMS program.
Practices: All practices will take place at East Middle School in the cafeteria.
*Practice location may vary due to other activities
Practice & Game Schedules
First practice Tuesday October 29th 3-5:30, Parent meeting to follow at 5:30
Wed. 10/30 in EMS cafe
Tues. 11/5 in EMS cafe
Wed. 11/6 in EMS cafe
Thurs. 11/7 in EMS Cafe
Tues. 11/12 in EMS Cafe
Wed. 11/13 in EMS Cafe
Thurs. 11/14 in EMS Weight Room
Tues. 11/19 in EMS Cafe
Wed. 11/20 in EMS Weight Room
Thurs. 11/21 in EMS Weight Room
*NO PRACTICE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING*
Tues. 12/3 in EMS Weight Room
Wed. 12/4 in EMS Cafe
Thurs. 12/5 in EMS Cafe
Tues. 12/10 in EMS Cafe
Wed. 12/11 in EMS Cafe
Thurs. 12/12 in EMS Weight Room
Tues. 12/17 in EMS Cafe
Wed. 12/18 in EMS Cafe
Thurs. 12/19 *End of season Party to Follow
*Game Schedule to follow All practice are from 3-5:30. Most practices will be held in the cafeteria, some may vary due to other activities.EMS boys basketball games can be held any day of the week Monday-Thursdays. Games will be scheduled between 4 pm and 8 pm. West Middle School ScheduleWelcome to WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL CHEER! I would like to introduce myself. I am Jerrilynn Pike and I have be coaching cheerleading for over 20 years! I have coached many ages, levels and formats of cheer but I have to say there is something so special about football cheerleading! I am the former Ferris State University competitive Coach, MHSAA competitive cheer Judge, high school, middle school and elementary sideline and competitive coach. I am currently the Head coach of TC Xtreme cheer. This year we will have two assistant coaches, Megan Gudith and Justine Groesser. Both are former West Alumni and former athletes of mine. Megan is currently also my assistant coach at TC Xtreme. Both Megan and Justine have a passion and excitement for this sport that I cant wait for your girls to be exposed to. All Middle school cheerleaders 6-8 grade will preform at half time of Monday night 6th-8th grade basketball games. Basketball season will focus on preforming half time routines that include: tumbling, dancing, stunting, jumps and cheers. The team will also so doing some fast paced sideline cheers during the games. Practices Tuesday and Thursdays 2:45-4:15 in the Balcony of West middle school. Games will be scheduled between 4 pm and 8 pm. If you haven’t already you will need to get a current physical. You CANNOT practice or cheer without this. It MUST be new for this school year and not an old one from last school year. Good news is, they are usable for the entire upcoming school year. Please make sure the girls ALWAYS have a water bottle. They MUST be in appropriate practice wear consisting of shorts (or leggings) T-shirt, white socks and cheer shoes (which we will go over on Tuesday) please only wear athletic wear tank tops. No camies or spaghetti strap tops. Also please wear hair up off shoulders and pulled off face. I would HIGHLY Suggest that they have a “cheer” bag, so it is always packed with clothes and their shoes, hair ties, and even an extra set of practice clothes (just in case) Cheers,Coach Jerrilynn PikeWeek 1: First day of practice Tuesday, October 29th -2:45-4:15 p.m. - with a parent meeting to follow @ 4:15 pm.Practices during the school year: Tuesdays & Thursdays: 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm @ WMS Balcony
Games: WMS boys basketball games can be held any day of the week Monday-Thursdays.
End of Season Party/Banquet TBD
2019 East Middle School
Michelle Steffen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dorothy Switzer, email@example.com
2019 West Middle School
Jerrilynn Pike, firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpful InformationSports Physicals are required for Middle School Sideline Cheer. Physicals must be turned in to the Alpha Office at East Middle School or the Main Office at West Middle School before the start of the season.Download sports physical form
Transportation is NOT provided for this LEAP offering, transportation will be the sole responsibility of the participants parent/guardianEast Middle School
Practice – hair must be worn completely off the shoulders. (no half ups) Gum, food, jewelry, and barrettes are not allowed as these pose safety risks. Please bring a water bottle and wear comfortable athletic clothing to practice. All practices will be held in the East Middle School cafeteria or outside; please arrive on time. Participants will need to purchase undershorts through their coach (cost is approximately $5-10) For cold weather, please have a black or gold jacket or sweatshirt to wear as well as black or gold gloves, hats, etc. Participation fee includes uniform shirt.
West Middle School
Practice – hair must be worn completely off the shoulders. (no half ups) Gum, food, jewelry, and barrettes are not allowed as these pose safety risks. Please bring a water bottle and wear comfortable athletic clothing to practice. Participants are required to provide white athletic shoes. Practices begin Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 at West Middle School.
New athletes MUST purchase accessories package. If you are returning, you may use what you've received from years previous OR order the accessories by the pieces that you need.
Accessories Package $65.00:
Returning Athletes Accessories Package $25.00: (due at parent mtg on Oct. 29th)
Bow (basketball season)
We will do ONE team fundraiser to help maintain our team account balance. Fundraiser will be announced the first week of practice. All team fundraising goes to the team to help pay for uniforms, uniform maintenance or repairs, end of the season banquets, team parties and any other team related needs. Money or items purchased with raised funds do not go to the individual athlete but instead stays with the West Middle school program. Each athlete is expected to participate in fundraising efforts.
Important DatesParent Meetings
East Middle School: First day of practice - Tuesday October 29th 3-5:30, Parent meeting to follow at 5:30
West Middle School: First day of practice - Tuesday, October 29th, 2:45-4:15 WMS Balcony, Parent meeting @ 4:15 pm following practice
East Middle School
Cost: $125.00 - includes uniform shirt
Reduced fees are unavailable for this offering.
West Middle School
Reduced fees are unavailable for this offering.
Registration Deadline & Details
Deadline: Friday, October 25, 2019. Registration deadlines are final. Late registrations may not be accepted after the posted registration close date. Register for your school below. If your child does not attend a TCAPS school, select the "Out of District" option.
In an effort to be a good community partner, LEAP will accept non-TCAPS students when possible. Space is limited and enrollment may be capped for various offerings. For high demand activities TCAPS students will receive priority.
Payment is required at the time of registration. To register online using a Discover, MasterCard, Visa, or ACH (via a checking or savings account) please register below. Payment with cash or check can be made at the LEAP office located at Central High School, 1150 Milliken, Traverse City. Please use the 1st (smaller) auditorium entrance - we are located just inside the doors to the right. Summer Office Hours are Mondays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. School Year Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Please call the LEAP office at 231.933.6570 for more information.NOTE: Registration is not complete until your course appears in your dashboard. You will also receive an email from Eleyo confirming your registration. If you do not receive the confirmation email or see the course in your dashboard, be sure you have not left any course items in your shopping basket. If you need assistance please call the LEAP office (231.933.6570). If you did not receive an email from Eleyo or see your course in your dashboard, the payment did not process and the student is not registered.